By Lyn Etches
Wow I have to start on that excellent Swedish Vallhund Feature in last week’s Our Dogs, Excellent for so many to contribute to it to. Many Thanks to Liz Cartlidge on The backbone of the British Vallhund , who we also Thank for bringing the Vallhunds to the UK in the 1st place ,Thanks to Chris Millard for the section on the history of the breed .Jo Day for The beginning of the Vallhund Society , and the Characteristics of the breed ,Rosemary Peacock Jacksons piece on Judging the breed , Fiona Cameron wrote an article on herding ,Sami Bull on her journey with Daz ,and all the Owners who wrote on living with the breed with everyone showing from how people 1st met the breed and added them to the their family and how versatile the breed is Showing ,Scent work with Mantrailing , Agility , Pets as Therapy . I can honestly say a lot of these dogs do a variety of the activities, Breed standard and importantly Health and welfare by Joanne Stockbridge and of course All the fabulous vallhunds pictured plus of course The committee whose hard work linked it all together plus as mentioned some of these also writing an article . Thank you Our dogs for featuring SV.
Joanne Stockbridge, our health rep has been hard at work again as there is no longer AHT a sad loss. The latest info on the Retinopathy testing .Joanne has contacted Animal DNA Diagnostics and they are now offering the tests for retinopathy, she has emailed the Kc about having the results reported directly to them as was done by AHT, she suggests maybe until they have set up results would need to be scanned and emailed to the kc to be put on the database .Update from kc they have contacted the lab and regarding results to be sent to them directly. They are currently updating the website so the new lab won’t show up on there yet until the update is done. another update; the assured breeders scheme won’t offer the discount with this new lab.
News from Zoe Fithern to say Inga has made her proud as she has passed her stage 1 and 2 lowland rescue search dog. Assessments today part of her journey to become a Rescue search dog .It was a very wet day and they had some Thunder but she worked on and found her Misper, thanks to all who came and helped in the rain for the evaluations. Once again Zoe this time with her SV search and rescue dog Dash, she was really pleased with Dash’s 3rd place with a clean sweep on level 2 marks 99.35, with Scentwork UK.
Our new (well sort of new ) Jo Strong took Bear to a special show training day with Southampton club where the trainer was Michael Craig a great handler/trainer and she thoroughly enjoyed herself and felt he was a great help to her and she learnt a lot other than Bear she has whippets so enjoyed how different it was to show a vall . Well done Jo.
Sadly there is not a lot in these notes today as in spite of being promised by some people No-one has sent anything . I was rather pre - occupied over some stressful tests and worries definately not what you want to take 6 months over never mind enough about that I have pulled some news .
Saturday I went with Gemma Perry and our boys to Southampton Ringcraft, held outside on a field with all correct distancing upheld. There was a training session with Michael Craig a well known handler who I have known for years and I love how he bonds with any dog within a couple of minutes. I was sat watching and it was lovely to see dogs transform from a being a good dog and good moving change to an eye catching dog flowing round the rings. I was really thrilled to meet Skye, Ohanaway Shes a Rebel with Sophie Zbilut and Bear, Ohanaway Having a Blast ,with Jo and Amy Strong they are Ernies , Ohanaway The One I Want , littermates from Spyda and Emmie . Was entertaining at the start when they 1st met , Ernie and Spyda were excited to meet up and it was my 1st meeting with them at 6 months ,previously only seen in photos as was shielding . Michael was very impressed with them and said to me interesting that each needed handling differently , I know he loves Vallhunds he has for long time I had met him years ago when Jacquie told me to let him campaign Rayda and as most of you know I handled him myself until my injuries stopped me .
Sadly Bournemouth Ch show was cancelled and we had an entry of 17 a fab entry with no CCs ,and now Skc and Sv shows are cancelled .
Since all the lockdowns lifted its great how numbers of vals and owners have been involved with training for Man Trailing and Scentwork , I know Rosemary Jackson with Trev ,Starvon Double Agent at Kirkholme , Crufts 20 Bob , and Wendy Amon with Saga ,Ch Mystarz Lavish Loitsu at Pepperthyme and Zoe Fitherns Dash ,Nl ch Hurstfield Renen Dasher at Rusern were actively doing their training before lockdown , not only have they returned to training but also Zoe is training Inga ,Hurstfield Chi Goddess at Rusern to join training to join with Dash on search +rescue s/w ,and Sophie Linnney with Beni , Cecil Vombruggener Land (imp) , and joined by Aymz Hickenbotham with Nova Trykeria , Lyn Pallatina with I believe Cora , Tanellis Coral Bellisima , Aymz Said her trainer fitted Nova with his harness and told her as if they really get into it he will need to change it as you need 1 that fits correctly to protect their shoulders while people were discussing how well vallhunds enjoy it and to make a team , Another owner Neil Haslam who has 1 of Wendys pups commented (hope he dosent mind me saying ) .
Next major manhunt is going to be shown on the news with a very large pack of swedish vallhunds hunting the suspect, The escaped prisoner was hunted down and sustained grade 3 lick injuries caused from the vallhunds tongues , really good idea Neil . .
Great working everyone .
News from Zoe Fithern her youngster from her last litter Inga , Rusern Brynhildr , has safely arrived after a long journey to New Zealand to join Kathy Sloane at Torval Vallhunds , and the pictures show her happily meeting Kathys other vallhunds .
Our secretary Sharon Sibley ,is asking for photos for the 2021 Calendar , we all know how lovely they were last year so send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send me your news for your breed notes . email@example.com